18,000 home Leith plan approved
By Lee Connor
Plans to redevelop Leith Docks as a site for up to 18,000 new homes have been approved by Edinburgh city council.
Supplementary planning guidance to direct development on the 170ha dockland site over the next 20 years was adopted by the city council last week. The joint development by landowner Forth Ports and the city council is intended to create up to 18,000 homes in nine waterfront villages.
The scheme is claimed to be the largest extension of the city since Edinburgh New Town was built in the 19th century. The redevelopment will allow the population of Edinburgh to grow by up to ten per cent, creating a settlement equal in population to Perth or Inverness, said architectural firm RMJM, which created the site’s masterplan.
RMJM director Tony Kettle said: ‘The masterplan concentrates on creating places, the quality of the public realm and the connections between the existing communities. This is going to be an integrated and connected development to make life better for the people of Leith.’
The redevelopment of the dock-lands site is intended to become a flagship for sustainable regeneration. The council said the residential buildings will have an excellent or equivalent Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method rating, an industry standard for environmentally-friendly new homes.
As part of the project’s sustainability targets, the feasibility of a combined heat and power plant for the area will be considered, said the council. There will be a target for at least ten per cent of the energy supply to the homes to be renewable.
Forth Ports property director Terry Smith said: ‘Edinburgh was originally a number of villages, which combined to become the’ capital city that we enjoy today. We have planned the dockland regeneration in a similar way, where a number of new villages will be created, each with its own individual character and setting.’
A proposed tram project to the port with the airport and rail stations will also link Leith to the city centre. The masterplan features new parks, squares and greens.
Source: Regeneration magazine